Yerba Mate Benefits for Health and Wellness

Tea lovers in South America have known for centuries about yerba mate benefits and the satisfying taste of this wonderful herbal tea. Now, word has spread about yerba mate, and people around the world are growing to love and appreciate this healthy brew. 

Traditionally, yerba mate has been valued especially for its ability to lessen fatigue, boost energy, and increase mental clarity and focus. But yerba mate benefits go far beyond increasing energy and mental stimulation... This herbal tea is an antioxidant powerhouse (even more so than green tea), encourages good digestion, supports bone and heart health, promotes a healthy weight, and so much more. 

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Here are some of the ways yerba mate can support and nurture good health and wellness. 

  • Need a boost of physical or mental energy and stamina? Yerba mate is well known for its ability to alleviate physical fatigue and leave us feeling invigorated, instead. And, if you're mentally exhausted, remember, yerba mate isn't just known for its physical benefits - this tea can give a revitalizing mental boost, too. Victoria Zak, in her wonderful book, "20,000 Secrets of Tea," calls yerba mate "The High-Energy Tonic" - a very fitting description for this uplifting herbal tea!
  • Elevate mood with yerba mate. If you've been feeling emotionally low, nervous, or worried, sipping some yerba mate may help to boost and balance your mood. Not only is yerba mate an excellent source of stress-fighting B and C vitamins, but this herbal tea also contains a compound called theobromine, which encourages calm relaxation, lowers blood pressure, and stimulates long-lasting feelings of well-being. Sound familiar? Chocolate and the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) contain theobromine, too! (By the way, "theobromine" can be loosely translated as "food of the gods.")
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  • Yerba mate is a heart-healthy drink. This anti-inflammatory, antioxidant tea may help to lower high blood pressure. And, research has shown that enjoying three cups of roasted or green yerba mate each day may aid in keeping arteries unobstructed and flexible, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. 

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  • Improve antioxidant intake with yerba mate tea. A diet rich in antioxidants is essential for optimal health and well-being. Antioxidants fight harmful free radicals in our bodies, improve metabolism and immunity, keep skin looking and feeling youthful, and aid in protecting us from chronic disease. Delicious yerba mate is an excellent source of antioxidants, providing even greater protection against destructive free radicals than green tea. 

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  • Sip some yerba mate for added protection against harmful low-grade chronic inflammation. Not only can chronic inflammation speed up the aging process in our bodies, but it has also been linked to all sorts of health concerns and conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, obesity, and many others). Happily, many different teas and herbal tisanes can provide support against chronic inflammation - including yerba mate tea, with its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. 
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  • Struggling with occasional sleepless nights? In our stressful, busy world, it can be so difficult to leave the worries of the day behind and settle our minds and bodies enough to fall (and stay) asleep at night. If you've been having trouble falling asleep or sleeping soundly through the night when you do finally sleep, why not try some yerba mate? Although mate does contain caffeine, this tea typically doesn't bring on insomnia, as other caffeinated beverages often do. Not only may yerba mate encourage a deep, relaxing, refreshing sleep, but many people find they require slightly less sleep after adding this tea to their daily routine. You may need to experiment to find the best time of day to enjoy yerba mate to experience its sleep benefits - while some find that early evening teatime is most effective, others indicate that mate in the afternoon or even in the morning helps them sleep their best. 

We're not through - there are many more yerba mate benefits... Keep reading here to discover more about this flavorsome, healthful herbal tea. And, if you're already a yerba mate lover, scroll down this page to share your yerba mate story with our other readers... We'd love to hear what you think! See what others are saying about yerba mate benefits, too. 

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If you enjoy herbal teas, you'll be hard pressed to find a more beneficial herbal tea than yerba mate. In fact, after researching the properties of yerba mate in the 1960s, the Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific Society stated that no other plant in the world had equal nutritional value to yerba mate, and claimed that mate contains basically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life. 

Ready to give yerba mate a try? You'll find some tips and recipes here for making yerba mate (hot, iced, and even a delicious yerba mate latte). 

Yerba Mate Benefits for Weight Management

If you're looking for some natural support in reaching or maintaining your healthy weight, yerba mate may be a helpful tea. Learn more here about yerba mate for weight loss.

And, before you make some yerba mate tea, be sure to drop by our Yerba Mate Side Effects page to read up on some safe-use tips and precautions associated with yerba mate. 

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